The Southeastern Conference voted to allow the sale of alcohol at its stadiums beginning this fall, lifting a league-wide ban on booze that stood for over 30 years. However, each individual school will have to decide if it will participate, so we are still not completely sure if beer is coming to Kroger Field and Rupp Arena just yet. The brain trust within the university, namely Eli Capilouto and Mitch Barnhart, will ultimately make that call.
Shortly after the SEC’s ruling, we learned via a press release that UK will “take several months” to consider the issue:
“The SEC has taken the right approach to this important issue by deferring to the individual, member institutions to make decisions about what is in the best interests of each university, their programs, and their fans.
“Led by Director Barnhart, UK will take the next several months to consider this issue. We will, as always, seek to do what is right for the University, our student-athletes, and the experience and safety of our fans.”
— President Eli Capilouto
Tomorrow’s the first day of June, so if “several months” are needed, I wonder if the beer will be iced down and ready for sale by the time Toledo comes to town on August 31, should it get the green light. There is a lot that will go into this and that first kickoff isn’t too far away.
Or will UK even do it at all?